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this morning on "early today," desperate hours. violence and looting in haiti as survivors franticly search for food and water. political cliff-hanger. massachusetts voters head to the polls in what could be a make-or-break choice for president oba's future political agenda. and no holds barred. a legislative session plunges into chaos in taiwan. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with tragedy many times over. as theelief challenges mount in haiti, so does the death toll, with officials now
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estimating 200,000 people may have been killed in last week's quake. more are struggling every day, some for food and shelter, others for medical attention, while many search desperately for lost loved ones. nbc's lester holt reports from haiti's capital. >> reporter: all the focus here has been on the distribution of food and water. it is happening and has been happening in port-au-prince. obviously, not as quickly as many people had hoped. the army says it has refined its water distribution system and food distribution system, getting more of it to the people. more military forces have moved into the region to continue to build up this process of distributing it. outside the city, it is a bit of a different story. i traveled on monday to a town about 15 miles west along the coast from port-au-prince, where people say nothing has been delivered. about 90% of the homes there have been destroyed. an untold number have died there. people are now living in makeshift camps. some have moved into sugar cane
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fields and are setting up sticks and blankets and sheets to create shelter for themselves. former president bill clinton was in port-au-prince on monday as well. he toured some of the damage and visited a hospital. he says there was a slow start to the delivery of aid. he blames that on the fact that much of the government here, the infrastructure of the government, not to mention some of the government leaders were killed. the infrastructure itself destroyed. but he says the coordination is growing better. he says it will be a brighter future, that people, especially in america, will be committed to the cause rebuilding and helping haiti through this ordeal in the short term and in the long term. that's it from port-au-prince. we'll send it back to you now, lynn. >> lester, thank you so much. with an untold number of haitian children orphaned in that disaster, the u.s. government has announced it will temporarily allow some of those kids into the u.s. to receive medical treatment. homeland security secretary janet napolitano says the u.s. will also take in children that have been previously identified as eligible for adoption by
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american parents. among those are 53 children who arrived in the u.s. early this morning as part of a mission organized by pennsylvania governor ed rendell. well, in what suddenly has become a crucial test not only for democrats, but for president obama himself, today voters in massachusetts head to the polls for an election viewed by many as a referendum on the president's policies. just weeks ago, democrat martha coakley was cruising to victory in the race to fill late senator ted kennedy's seat, but now recent polling shows republican scott brown with the lead. coakley has been criticized f running a lackluster campaign. president obama made a last-minute, personal campaign appearance for her this past weekend. republicans are trying to exploit coakley's obama connection, painting brown as the antiestablishment candidate who opposes the administration's health care overhaul. with their filibuster-proof majority now in jeopardy, the white house and democratic leaders are considering ways to
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fast track health care without further debate. now, instead of reconciling the house and senate versions, a vote may be called for in the house to approve the bill as written by the senate. that's a big political risk, given that the two chambers continue to differ on key issues. and now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. a colorado bar owner fought off two robbers until police could arrest them. the pair of thieves approached the owner while he was counting money. the female robber pulled a knife after the owner grabbed the cash drawer. a brawl ensued over seven minutes, during which the owner was hit with a pool cue. the fight lasted long enough for cops to arrive and apprehend the bandits. heavy rain in southern california sent a river of mud flowing through one neighborhood. a two-foot deep and 30-foot wide mud floe rushed down city streets.
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rescuers had problems as they tried to free one of their trucks, caked in wet soil. and fire tore through a large car dealership in texas. 100 firefighters took part battling that blaze as flames engulfed the building. reports indicate the fire started in the showroom, but the incident is still under investigation. and a group of sea turtles in florida have returned to warmer waters after the recent cold snap. the turtles had been stunned by the frigid water, which dropped to 47 degrees in some areas. a turtle hospital took in the green sea turtles, revived them and cared for them until the water returned to a normal temperature and they could be released. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. unfortunately, vacationers didn't have anyone to care for them while they were suffering through it. >> just the hot tubs, i guess. >> yeah, good point. >> the turtles are cute. they're kind of like dogs. they start flapping before they go in the water. >> yeah, i don't know if i want that as a pet, though.
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>> yeah. a turtle? dogs are good. let's show you the west, the mudslide. this is the parade of storms. we'll probably see four or five storms in five days. we saw a big one yesterday. we have another one that's moving onshore. this is going to be quite the week for california. they're also going to see 20 to 25-foot waves out there. so, yesterday's rain that went into los angeles and san diego is now moving through arizona. so, we are getting some light rain here. the big rains for arizona are mostly going to come on thursday it looks like. that will be our best chance of seeing flooding. we have a lot of dense fog in the middle of the countrynd a little light snow now in areas of upstate new york. in boston and all the way through the state of massachusetts, where they're doing the election today, there will be some snow and rain showers during the day, but shouldn't beoo bad. shouldn't cause anyone too many problems in your travels. everyone else in the southeast is great. ohio valley's nice. just watch out for all that fog out here in the middle of the country this morning. that's a look at your tuesday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. a lot of areas from nashville all the way to milwaukee will
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see the possibility of som locally dense fog early in the morning. we'll burn some of that off and try to get you a little sun late in the day. we're seeing so much fog lately because temperatures have been warm over top of that cold snow pack. lynn, that's a look at your tuesday forecast. >> all right, bill, thank you. well, a big announcement by apple. a big price hike on american airlines. and it's crunch time in candyland. your early-morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, she's a leading lady in more ways than one. sandra bullock opens up her heart and her pocketbook for haiti. mavericks buck the celtics. an nba finals rematch. and a baseball manager punches out an umpire. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. according to this morning's "washington post," for years
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during the bush administration, the fbi illegally collected over 2,000 phone records. the "post" reports that between 2002 and 2006, the fbi broke civil liberties protections by obtaining those records based on terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply by persuading phone companies to turn them over. in africa's waters, somali pirates have made off with what's believed to be a record ransom of between $5.5 million to $7 million to free a hijacked ship. the pirates released the greek flagged ship, but only after getting into a gun battle with rival pirates who also wanted the money. the crew on the hijacked ship was not hurt. and scientists believe they found the first known breeding grounds of one of the world's rarest birds in a place you probably wouldn't expect, the mountains of war-torn afghanistan. researchers say practically nothing is known about the large-billed reed warbler. it was first spotted in india in
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1867 but wasn't observed again until 2006. and in taiwan's infamously rowdy parliament, once again, lawmakers used their fists to get their point across. both women and men took part in the melee over a new law. by the time the gavel was pounded, three people were scratched up. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day after the long holiday weekend. the dow opens at 10,609 after falling 100 points last friday. the s&p dipped 12 and the nasdaq dropped 28 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei sank 90 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng jumped 217 points. well, after months of pursuit, it looks like kraft's persistence is about to pay off in a bittersweet deal to take over cadbury. executives from both companies reportedly worked through the night on what could be a $19 billion buyout.
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takeover talks turned hostile after cadbury refused a lower offer back in the fall with rival confectioners courting cadbury along the way, but the english candy-maker made no secret that the way to its chocolate-covered heart was more cash, and that's reportedly what they got. a deal should be announced later this morning. more m&a action. tyco plans to buy brinks home security in a deal worth $2 billion. the move marks tyco's first acquisition in eight years there's sure to be buzz on the street about warren buffett's plans to announce a 50-1 split of b shares in his ultraexclusive berkshire hathaway fund. after the split, the berkshire b-shares would drop from $3,000 each to a much more accessible $65. and american airlines has joined the ranks of u.s. carriers raising rates on checked bags. passengers on domestic flights will now pay $25 each way for the first checked bag and $25
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for the second. the "wall street journal" is reporting apple is in talks with harper collins for rights to publish e-books on its top-secret tablet device. the latest reports are saying apple is reportedly set to unveil what we think would be a ten-inch touchscreen tablet january 27th. and keep an eye on shares of ibm today. big blue weighs in with its quarterly earnings after the bell. and finally, here's one way to deal with old man winter -- ignore him! the mayor of one polish town has refused to clear snow from the streets, saying it's a waste of money. the frugal mayor says the move to not remove will save at least $100,000. well, the lakers take a rematch of last year's nba finals, and kobe has very little to do with it. plus, he may not be the tallest player in the nba, but he towers above most when it comes to the art of the dunk. your early-morning sports headlines are straight ahead.
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five storms in five days for the west coast. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today." .
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good tuesday morning to you. i'm joe krebs. i'm eun yang. aide workers in haiti take agnew approach to get supplies to quake victims. >> a tight senate race with huge consequences. health care reform at stake. what message president obama will deliver when he visit as local school good morning. if you're just waking up, ts is "early today." and in sports, last night's home
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cooking just wasn't enough for the boston celtics against the dallas mavericks. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good mning. yesterday a working holiday around the nba. the league celebrated martin luther king day with a full slate of action. we're going to start i boston. the the mavs' dirk nowitzki had a field day against the celts. the versatile forward had 37, including 9 straight in the third, giving dallas the lead for good. they won 99-90. celts dropped three in a row at home. to los angeles, jack and adam sandler taking in a final rematch between the lakers and magic. orlando held kobe in check, only had 11, but this layup was part of a huge run to start the fourth. lakers were up by 12. and shannon brown, who will take part in the all-star dunk contest this year, didn't have a single dunk all game. what he had was a new career high, 22 points for brown. new season, same results, lakers win it 98-92. to new york, the knicks honoring the first african-american fighter pilots on mlk day. and nate robinson finished off
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the alley-oop and will look to defend his dunk title during all-star weekend. while he's at it, he nails the three with a defender in his face and finished with a game-high 27. knicks won it 99-91. jared wallace will dust off his dunking shoes for the contest. wallace showed his stuff against the kings with a pair of highlight reel slams. charlotte wanted a fourth-quarter rally to beat sacramento 105-103. the final competitor of the dunk contest will be determined at halftime of the rookie game. aaron gordon will have a dunk-off for the final spot. should be a great weekend in dallas. jose's career is over. he was suspended for life after throwing a punch at an umpire duri a playoff game. the punch didn't connect, but as they say, it's the thought that counts. the decision to ban offerman for life cannot be appeale due to the magnitude of the offense. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. a celebrity helping haiti
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gives his emotional response to charges that funds have been misappropriated. your early-morning headlines are straight ahead. plus, we'll show you how the president celebrated martin luther king jr. did and did a little white house redecorating all at the same time. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this tuesday. we're watching those big storms hitting the west coast. that moisture will eventually work its way through the southern half of the country.
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today, some drizzle possible around kansas city, especially late in the day. early this morning there's a lot of dense fog in the middle of the country. we also have some snow showers that will head through new england. much of the deep south will be beautiful today. now, tomorrow, some of that moisture starts to arrive. thunderstorms from new orleans, rain will head up through the middle of the country, while the east coast, you remain dry at least through wednesday. if you're watching us on wesh2 news in orlando, florida, get ready to examine fossil replicas of prehistoric dinosaur and sea creatures at dino digs at the orlando science center. that's your event of the day. >> thank you, bill. now here's a look at this morning's early headlines in entertainment. even battling cancer, dennis hopper does things his own way. the -year-old is fighting prostate cancer, and apparently, he no longer wants to fight with his wife. in a statement announcing he's seeking a divorce from his wife of 14 years, his fifth wife, hopper says he only wants to "spend these difficult days
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surrounded by my children and close friends." well, responding to charges his charitable foundation has been engaged in shady practices, haitian-born musician wyclef jean admitted in a tearful news conference yesterday, while his foundation did make mistakes, he has not personally profited from any money intended for the earthquake-ravaged country. and finally, when it comes to haitian relief, sandra bullock is both generous and cool. this year's golden globe winner for best actress donated $1 million to doctors without borders for immediate earthquake relief. and here's the cool part -- on the red carpet, when asked by ryan seacrest why she made the donation, she actually replied "because i can." and hopefully, a lot more people have that realization and do the same. >> i think she's my new favorite. >> i know. she's a star regardless, but that's a wonderful thing she's doing. >> haviing a good run here.re. good for her.
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>> exactly. and this comes from our nation's capital, where on the first martin luther king day of barack obama's presidency, the white house installed a signed copy of the emancipation proclamati proclamation. the historic document was created in 1864 as an authorized copy of the original, which freed anyone considered a slave. bearing abraham lincoln's signature, the document will hang in the oval office for the next six months. it will then be moved to the lincoln bedroom, right where the original proclamation was signed. >> can you imagine having something from lincoln on your wall? >> absolutely not, especially in your home? well, that's what happens when your home's the white house. >> yes. well, i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop othe day today on % 4:54. 34 degrees. chilly start to your morning. but nice sunny skies and warmer
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temperatures ahead. morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. i'm joe krebs. time for our first forecast as we start every day as we do with tom kierein here in the studio. >> good morning. happy tuesday. back to work and school. temperatures around the region, a little below freezing in a few likes. down in the low to mid-30s across the region. few places in the 20s eastern shore and nearby suburbs north and west of washington, patchy ground fog and view from space is showing quite a bit of cloudiness coming through. a weak front is in the mountains. few sprinkles out there and later on today sunshine in and out and another mild afternoon. we should make it into the low 50s. cooler weather on wednesday. thursday rain during the afternoon. then thursday night might have a little mix of sleet and light snow that may linger into part of friday. how is the tuesday traffic? >> we're starting off very quietly. no big surprises for drivers.
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volume very light. this is 270 at 109. a couple of people are headed into work at this hour. but they are moving at a nice rate of speed. overnight construction, pretty much a thing of the past. picking up cones on the beltway out of tysons, inner loop and outer loop. back to you. here's a look at some of the top stories we're following. massachusetts voters will elect a new senator to fill the late ted ken die seat. martha coakley and scott brown are in a dead heat. the democrats need coakley to win to keep their majority. >> students and teachers at graham rod elementary school in falls church will get a visit from president obama. while there he'll outline his new educational proposal. he's expected to ask congress to extend an education grant program for states. a bethesda man who had bomb making materials in his room could learn his fate today.
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he faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty. police found several weapons when they searched his home back in 2008. this afternoon the haitian embassy will mark the one week anniversary of the earthquake that devastated that country. there will be a moment of silence at the moment the earthquake struck. authorities thwarted a deadly threat in charles county when they took in a teenager accused of making a hit list. >> news 4 jackie bensen reports from thomas stone high school in waldorf with details. >> reporter: the alleged hit list contained the names of three students and a teenager at thomas stone high school in waldorf. investigators say the 15-year-old indicated he wanted to harm. >> we were made aware of this
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list at 4:00 p.m. on friday afternoon. as soon as we found out about it, officers as well as the school staff acted swiftly and promptly to not only locate the student but secure evidence and contact and meet with his parents. >> reporter: investigators say the stunt did not bring any type of we fond the school and there's no evidence he had any in his possession. charles county school officials say they are in the process of notifying parents about what happened. >> any time we receive a possible threat of a student to himself or other students we act immediately. >> reporter: parent w spoke to saying being quickly informed when something bad happens at cool is important to them. >> you want to know what's going on with the kids. e-mail, phone call. something. yes. anything. i would definitely like to know. >> reporter: jackie bensen, news 4. >> we're told that teenage suspect has made suicide threats and he's now hospitalized.
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>> stay with us, "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. no rest for rescuers, working through the night to find survivors but the projected death toll in haiti continues to grow. >> plus two candidates in more than just a senate race, the eyes of the nation are on massachusetts today. a contest that could shape the future of health care refortunately. >> president obama's billion dollar pitch that he's bringing to a local school. >> good morning. i'm joe krebs, it's tuesday, january 19, 2010. taking a live look outside right now, 34 degrees. above freezing at this hour and going to get a little warmer. quite a bit warmer. is that right? >> what about a nice day yesterday. >> mid-50s yesterday afternoon. just a delight. today we should make it maybe a litt

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